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Golf Tip: When your ball is against the collar

March 21, 2013

Putting from the collar

One of a golfer’s worst nightmares it’s walking to up your ball that he thought was on the green, only to discover that it is instead resting tightly up against the collar. A golfer has a couple of options when approaching this kind of shot.

1. If you’re dead-set on using your putter, the biggest problem is that when you pull the putter back, it tends to get stuck in the long grass. To avoid this problem, lean your body slightly by tilting your shoulders forward so that your takeaway has a steeper angle, coming up away from the ball and coming through the ball with a more downward stroke.

2. Probably the easiest option is to take your sandwedge and use a putting stroke, making contact with the ball above the equator of the ball. Although this may feel like you’re intentionally topping the ball, using this stroke will keep the ball close to the green and improve your accuracy.

Minnesota PGA Professional Steve Fessler demonstrates both of these techniques in the video below.


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